They say if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life, but I beg to differ.
When I came back from Japan almost two years ago (April 2011), I looked for jobs in London almost by default. I did consider other cities, but it seemed highly unlikely I would find anything suitable outside of the big smoke.
And so, in August 2011 I came to London and spent a year working at a charity which dealt with UK-Japan relations. In my free time I built up my connections in the UK-Japan community, and became a regular attendee of Japan-related events in London. In October 2012 I went to work in online communications, and found myself thrust into real City life.
But something burned inside me… I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing.
Before I came back from Japan I realised I wanted to work in the travel industry, but finding the right job proved difficult. However, recently an opportunity arose and I knew I had to grab it with both hands and not let go.
So, I’m delighted to announce that in about a month’s time I will be leaving London to go and live in Bristol (ブリストル) and work as a travel consultant, specialising in… Japan! I’m absolutely thrilled! 😀
But have no fear, Haikugirl’s Japan is going nowhere! At the moment I do write a lot about things that are happening in London, but I’ve realised there is more to life than London, and plenty of other blogs which cover Japanese-related goings on in the City. I will continue to write about Japan-related events in the UK, hopefully with more of a focus on the west of England, and of course I will continue to write about Japanese culture, food and drink, fashion, kawaii, and much, much more!
I’ve already earmarked a few Japanese restaurants in Bristol which seem worth checking out:
If anyone knows the area and has any recommendations I’d be really happy to hear from you in the comments below, or do feel free to get in touch.